A Life in Music: Simon Murphy at 50

On Saturday 26 August 2023 at 14:15 in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, conductor and violist Simon Murphy gives a festive birthday concert full of favourite works each of which has played a special part in his own personal musical path over the years.

The programme features Telemann’s popular Viola Concerto in G, symphonies by J. Stamitz, C.F. Abel and the “Dutch Haydn” Joseph Schmitt, as well as musical treasures from Murphy and the New Dutch Academy’s current project and forthcoming album, Dutch Crown Jewels. A selection of musical sweets by Bach and Handel complete the programme.

Tickets available here

Dutch Crown Jewels, Graaf 300 and NDA 20 Year Anniversary Season

It’s a wrap! The concert performances and recording sessions for Dutch Crown Jewels in June 2023 have been completed successfully. Simon Murphy and the New Dutch Academy brought new musical discoveries to life for audiences in the Koorenhuis The Hague, Paradijskerk Rotterdam, Stevenskerk Nijmegen and in Kasteel Duivenvoorde. Featured were recently unearthed 18th century symphonic gems by composers from the glittering Court of Orange including Hofkapellmeister Christian Ernst Graaf (1723 – 1804), Johann August Just (1750 – 1791) and Wilhelm Gottlieb Hauff (1750 – 1816). Dazzling arias by female court composer, Josina van Boetzelaer (1733 – 1797), sung by Flemish star-soprano Elise Caluwaerts, completed the programme. The new album is expected in mid 2024.

Discover more about Dutch Crown Jewels and Graaf 300 here